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PCHS guidance counselor arrested

 

Accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from cheerleading program

By MELINDA WILLIAMS
melinda@southwesttimes.co

Pulaski County High School Guidance Counselor Angelia Paige Harrell was arrested Monday evening on three felony counts of embezzlement, according to police.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Conroy said Harrell was served with the three indictments and voluntarily surrendered herself to authorities. She was released on bond.

According to Conroy, Harrell is alleged to have diverted funds from Pulaski County School System, but more specifically from funds set aside for the cheerleading program. Harrell was a head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad.

The code section under which Harrell is charged deals with the diversion of public funds by a public employee. The charges are Class 4 felonies, each of which carries a possible sentence of two to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

The alleged embezzlements occurred between March 2010 and Oct. 2011, said Conroy.

Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Tom Brewster declined to comment on the situation Monday or on the status of Harrell’s employment due to it being a personnel matter.

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340 Responses to PCHS guidance counselor arrested

  1. Tom

    September 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    You got to be kidding that Tom Brewster declined to comment on the situation Monday or on the status of Harrell’s employment due to it being a personnel matter.You mean she may get to keep her job after this ??? Thats a joke.Also how in the world can the cheerleaders raise $50,000 and what would they need that much money for?

    • booboo

      September 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

      No she lost her job,she cleaned out her office yesterday

      • david

        October 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        AN INSIDER SHE WAS THE FALL GUY!!!!!!!!!

      • david

        October 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        Quick someone find 07Crack so she can give her divinity speech. WE NEED HER INPUT ON THIS ONE!!!!! SOMEONE CALL HER……HURRY!!!!!! She has the no all about PC schools, Her comments are a little from the gutter, but she will no how to spread the faith! HURRYYYYYYY, We`re losing this one.

    • Peppy

      September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      This money has been accumulated over many years.

  2. Heather Shaffer

    September 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I like how the people making these judgemental comments aren’t posting their names. I’m pretty sure unless you are a police officer or investigator you have no idea what she has or hasn’t done. I personally hope she isn’t guilty. IF she is, I am sure she is paying an even higher price right this minute than any fine or sentence she will have to serve. She has a family, and a baby. From some of these comments that I am reading, there are a lot of perfect people in Pulaski. I will be praying daily for God to bless Angie and her entire family. In case you didn’t read my name at the top of this post it is Heather O’Dell Shaffer and I graduated with Angie in 1990.

    • Justin

      September 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

      No one is perfect Dumbass

    • Pulaski Resident

      September 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I have personally had 3 relatives cheer for the Cougars over the last ten years. Year after year these girls did their fundraisers and parents wrote checks for hundreds of dollars in hopes of getting sweatsuits, uniforms, etc. that they paid for or raised money for. Needless to say most items weren’t received and their parents went to the school and called several times and nothing was ever done. My sister cheered from 2000-2002 and rarely received any of the items she raised money for or my parents wrote checks for. My cousin didn’t receive her items last year. This has been going on for at least a decade. Why is something just now being done about this.

    • david

      September 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      And we will pray that your car doesnt get stolen? BUT IF IT DOES….its ok, because it will be forgiven because that is what the Bible tells us! And you cant get upset because you will Pray for their sins, and all will be better….even though your car was stolen…BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS!
      Does anyone see how off the wall, Religion Vs Law is??????????????

    • TT

      September 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Ms Shaffer…did you guys sleep together back in high school? ….you seem a little obsessed with Ms Harrell….This is a blog where people express their opinions…maybe should have a glass of wine and maybe you know a man over

  3. To Be Honest

    September 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Dont forgive her cause she is a guidnce counselor or whatever. She is grown and knows right from wrong. She will never work in this town again. After you become a felon your life is over here!! Guarantee she isnt the only one involved and others are doing same thing in every sport.

  4. wow

    September 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Wow. This is really crazy. I know a lot of good people who have done dumb things. Many of them turned their lives around. Greed is a powerful thing. Hope she can turn her life around and hope the next person who thinks about doing something similar remembers this and thinks twice.

  5. Left that place for a reason!

    September 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Of course she is a “fall guy”. Pulaski County “good ol boys” have been corrupt for years. Get out of there young people! I did and have never been back!

    • Justis

      September 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Agreed!

    • Peppy

      September 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Nope, she is no fall guy. She took this money for her own benefit.

      • 1 voice

        September 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        So you know this for sure Peppy. Right! Like most of the people commenting you wouldn’t know a fact if it bit you in the butt. Just so all of you know any and all checks written to the cheer program have to go through the bookkeeper and can’t be cashed period! All money that is raised through the boosters programs can’t be touched by the coaches/coordinator without approval and all money that is taken out of any school account must have a written request issued and approved by the athletic director. So before you comment on something you know nothing about and blast a person with such cruelty do some research and actually have facts to back up what you say!

        • PCHS Alum

          September 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          Ok, so she had to request the money. Sounds to me like once that happened, whatever she requested it for was never purchased.
          Which tells me two things: (1) there was no follow up procedure in place to track the money once it was requested and disbursed; and (2) since there were no receipts for these “requested” funds,it made it quite easy to invesitgate and then indict her.

          Obviously, if she could prove she purchased anything cheer related with these funds, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we?

          Thanks for the info! Makes much more sense now as to how she did it :)

          • Pat W

            October 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

            I manage a HS reunion for a class from another state. Every donation – cash, check – gets a receipt. $5 or $500 – you get a receipt. I track all expenses & donations in a spreadsheet and keep all receipts.
            It appears from reading these posts, that Ms Harrell was either a saint or devil depending on how an individual or their families were treated. Sounds like the courthouse will be full of spectators if/when the trial happens.

        • peppy

          September 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          1voice..sounds like u should be called as a state witness. Not all booster programs are set up through the school. Some are seperate and just need an authorized signature I.e. PTO. Anyway if others were sharing in the funds, the investigation will uncover this unless she takes all the blame. The lack of checks and balances is appalling, for us as parents assume when we write a check to pay for our children’s stuff we assume it is subject to oversite regardless if is to PCHS or a PCHS booster account. In this case, as you put it so eloquently, it bit her in the butt! CRIME = TIME.

        • david

          September 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

          Well something happened, because we wouldnt be conversing over 50G’s being taken from Po-Dunk Pulaski county schools!

        • TT

          September 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

          1voice were you with her holding her hand while all this was going on? Just a question because you seem to know how innocent she is or did you sleep with her too…just a question

    • david

      October 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Isnt the term “Fall Guy” usually mean more than one? So your saying that PC Schools are setting this lady up to take “A Fall” for others whom may be involved? Conspiracy maybe? Has anyone brought this up to the poor counselor so she can in turn consult with her counselor, to turn states evidence, since she did not act alone!

      You know what, this defense could work! All she has to do is provide evidence viable to your conclusion! Temporary Insanity even huh?

      • just someone

        October 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        David, I love your comments…….She goes to court in November, so all are welcome to attend……..

        What gets me the most is that the ones defending her are the ones in the “click”. She was the same way in high school, snotty-better than-B****H.

        • david

          November 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

          you are the first recruit in the resistance movement. The resistance has had a set back with the election and th re election of Obama. Nonetheless we will continue…thank you just someone :)

  6. a mom

    September 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I agree anyone can a mistake. A mistake is $5.00 not $50,000.00. How in the world did one person take so much. I’m truly disappointed. She’s supposed to be a role model to the future of our county. I personally believe that there should be a complete audit of of monies from the beginning of her position. Also, is she not in charge of doling out scholarships?

    • david

      October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      07CRAAAAAAACCCCCKKKKKKKK WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE! WE NEED YOUR WISDOM STAT!

  7. Shirley Brown

    September 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    All I can say is..The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    • Justis

      September 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

      hahaha very true Shirley!

    • Drema ODell

      September 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

      What does that mean? Now her family is responsible? People are cruel.

      • TT

        September 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

        Awe…is that a tear?

      • Pat W

        October 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        What is means, Dreama, is that people usually learn their values from their families. So Shirley is stating that maybe she learned her lack-of-values from her parents.

        • david

          October 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

          Well even those nice silver spoons get dirty every now and then. And in her defense I can see maybe an upgrade was needed. VIVA LA RESISTANCE

  8. andrew farmer

    September 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Ms. Harrell, is a generally good woman and has a new born child, this kind of fits the timeframe l. She definitely is not on drugs. Likely trying.to secure a life for.her child, which is still no excuse if guilty. However, I help people understand how much you’ve done for the community and student and might not even be guilty yet. People often have a momentary lapse in judgement and are often wrongly accused, and found guilty in the court of public opinion long before the Constitutional hearing. I’m not defending it, if people are guilty they should be convicted. But, be careful of making assumptions without all of the facts (I.e; drugs) because once said, it cannot be removed from the brains of the public. Her in laws are one of the finest families I’ve ever known, and have them all in my prayers, as they’ve served both our country and community with integrity.

  9. Paisley Calvin

    September 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I am a former cheerleader for her. She was a very nice lady, and helped me out in the long run. She may have did it but that doesnt change my perspective on her. Nobody needs to bash her, because that could be a family member or friend of yours that could be in this situation. Maybe the big picture is that our teachers and faculty are under apprieciated. They basically live paycheck to paycheck. I feel bad for her, she’s to nice of a person to be in a jail cell. However if she did commit the crime, the yes she does need to do the time. I also think that the cheerleaders who cheered 2010 through 2011 needs to be refunded the money that we gave up. Im praying for her family , I hope everything gets settled!

  10. Cheer Mom

    September 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    With all the comments regarding “how did the cheerleaders have/raise $50,000″, I thought the record should be set straight. First of all, all monies raised by the cheer boosters (usually parents)is totally separate money not affliated with the high school. The boosters work very hard for what little money they bring in each year and 100% of that money goes back to the girls (banquet gifts, t-shirts, pom poms, headbands, meals on the road, etc.) Finally, please don’t judge the cheerleaders, booster club, parents or the PCHS Cheer Program based on this situation.

    • Peppy

      September 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Agreed, Angie took the money and told many lies to have the kids pay “fees” she said they owed or the could not graduate. This is the lowest of the lows, praying on kids and their families.

    • a mom

      September 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      To Cheer Mom,
      I too am a former cheer mom. What I want to know is if she had $50K in an account for the cheerleading squads, why in the world were we working out tails off raising yet more money?

      • david

        September 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        UGHHHHH HELLO! She had to “Secure her Future”

      • TT

        September 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

        I heard she needed to pay for a mercedes…but she really needed it so the money is all gone….I can understand someone needing an expensive car and take from others to pay for it…I totally get it

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